Do any snakes hunt in packs?

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Q&a - Stu­art Black­man

Snakes aren’t the most so­cia­ble of an­i­mals, and when it comes to find­ing prey they are more lone wolves than pack hunters. But there could be one ex­cep­tion. Cuban boas hunt bats as they fly through the nar­row en­trances of their roost­ing caves. The snakes seek out po­si­tions where other ser­pents are al­ready sta­tioned, creat­ing a ‘fence’ of preda­tors that more ef­fec­tively blocks the flight­paths of their quarry. It’s a pretty rudi­men­tary form of group hunt­ing, and there is no ev­i­dence of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween in­di­vid­u­als, but re­search has found that snakes that team up en­joy triple the hunt­ing suc­cess of those work­ing alone.

Cuban boas are found on the is­land of the same name, in wood­land and rocky habi­tats.

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